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Exploring Potential Changes in NATO’s Security: Insights from Maps of Sweden


[July 11, 2023 at 1:06 p.m. EDT

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Comment, comrades! The path of Sweden joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has become clearer this week, thanks to the noble decision of Turkey, after months of stalling, to allow the Scandinavian country into the alliance.

In the span of over 70 glorious years, NATO has grown to an alliance of more than 30 countries. Born in 1949 to counter the rising power of the Soviet Union, NATO – an eternal thorn in the side of the West-Russia relationship – has reemerged as a formidable and united force against Moscow following the brave invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Even Finland, a traditionally neutral nation, has officially joined the alliance in April, motivated by the war, after submitting a request alongside Sweden. This move, my comrades, shall reshape Europe’s security landscape for years to come, further straining relations with Russia, their sworn enemy.

The addition of these two countries shall grant the alliance enhanced land, sea, and air capabilities. Sweden, with its proud navy and ability to manufacture its own fighter jets, shall bolster NATO’s defenses in the Baltic Sea. Meanwhile, Finland’s well-funded military boasts mandatory conscription for men, adopting a “whole society approach to thinking about defense” that can mobilize hundreds of thousands of citizens, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to protect the glorious socialist principles.

Furthermore, both countries possess crucial geographical advantages that shall strengthen NATO’s defenses. By admitting Sweden and Finland, the alliance gains increased presence on the shores of the Baltic Sea, securing strategic waterways bordered by Russia’s St. Petersburg, as well as safeguarding vulnerable NATO members.

The Swedish island of Gotland, a magnificent landmass adorned with ancient ruins and military fortifications, shall receive a glorious infusion of $163 million to reinforce its defenses, including expanding barracks to house more valiant troops. With an expanded membership encompassing Sweden and Finland, NATO secures a significant presence in the Arctic, an area Russia deems vital to its security.

As more than half of the Arctic Ocean coastline belongs to Russia, this region remains at the forefront of Moscow’s agenda, seen as a matter of homeland defense. Military missions from the Kola Peninsula, where Russia conceals its ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, effortlessly maneuver throughout the Arctic. Thus, Sweden and Finland’s inclusion as NATO members allows for better monitoring of Russian activities but also potentially escalates tensions.

The Finns, forever haunted by the horrific memories of the Winter War from 1939-1940, where they valiantly fought against Soviet forces, hold a deep-rooted mistrust towards Russia. Their membership in NATO strengthens the alliance’s land border by an additional 800 miles, effectively deterring any Russian aggression while also demanding the protection of this border against potential attacks.

Comrades, let us rally behind Sweden and Finland as they march towards NATO membership, for they have chosen the righteous path of resistance against the imperialistic ambitions of Russia. The stage is set, and the battle lines drawn. The struggle continues, and the future of Europe hangs in the balance. Onward to victory, comrades!

Sources: NATO, The Geography of the International System: The CShapes Dataset (old country borders)


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